09/16/2005 11:00PM

Zarb's Dahar victorious in Cajun


Bossier City, La. - The 27th running of the Cajun Stakes got the Thoroughbred portion of this year's Louisiana Breeders' Festival underway on Saturday at Harrah's Louisiana Downs and it was defending champion Zarb's Dahar ($2.60) drawing clear from stubborn pacesetter and 50-1 longshot Runners Name through the stretch. The defending co-Horse of the Meeting extended his winning streak to nine over the local oval. The winner is trained by James Hodges and was ridden by Gerard Melancon. The final time for the six furlongs was 1:10.25 over a fast track.

The best of the state's turf fillies and mares took to the John Franks Course in the Walmac Farm Matchmaker and it was heavy favorite Our Love ($3.60) keeping her local record perfect from five starts. Intractable finished second followed by Butter Head.

Carlos Gonzalez guided Miriam L. ($19.80) through a narrow opening along the rail to capture the Louisiana Breeders' Oaks as Hodges picked up his second training win of the afternoon.

In the Stardust for 2-year-old colts and geldings, it was Here Tiger ($7.40) annexing his second local stakes win and in the Shiskabob on the turf for older males, Spruce's Prince ($7.40) sprung the minor upset over Witt Ante and Chip Hunter.

The Louisiana Breeders' Derby was captured by Badtotheboneandrew ($6.60) who outfinished pacesetter Z Storm after a long drive and the Victoria Stakes for filly and mare sprinters went to Zarba the Great ($6.80) who scratched out of the Oaks to try older foes.

The Laurel Lane for 2-year-old fillies drew the largest field of the afternoon and favored Tortuga Flats ($7.40) successfully navigated through and around traffic with a nice middle move to prove best. The daughter of Wild Zone is trained by Ralph Irwin and was ridden by Luis Quinonez.